Nanyuki court dismisses case against Mathew Lempurkel in Tristan Voorspuy murder case

Tristan Voorspuy and Mathew Lempurkel
Mathew Lempurkel (right) was arrested in connection with the murder of Tristan Voorspuy (left)

A court in Nanyuki has dismissed the case against Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel over the murder of British rancher Tristan Voorspuy.

The ODM lawmaker was expected to be charged with the murder of the former British army officer who was gunned down on March 5 at his Sosian Ranch.

Mr Lempurkel had first appeared in court on March 9 but detectives asked for more time to gather evidence on him before he could be charged. At a second appearance on March 30, detectives explained they were still investigating, but their case would be ready on May 10.

However, on Monday morning the prosecution told the court that it had not managed to gather enough evidence to implicate the MP.

“The prosecution does not have enough evidence against the accused. We are applying that this case be closed,” prosecutor Caroline Muriu told Senior Resident Magistrate Evans Ngige.

Ms Muriu said three suspects have been held in custody over the murder of Mr Voorspuy. One has been charged with the murder while two more were expected to appear in court today (Tuesday 11 April).

Last week, a herdsman was also charged with the murder.

Samson Lokayi, alias Tepatuk Kachartat, denied the charge and the court ordered that he be detained at the Nanyuki GK Prison until May 10 when his bail application is to be determined.

Two more suspects, one who was found with a phone belonging to the deceased, were arrested last week during a market day in Ol Moran, Laikipia West, and held at the Rumuruti Police Station.